Dona Mintz reviews the exhibition Abstract Part 1 at Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, on view through December 21, 2013. The show features works by Sydney Cohen, Jeff Conefry, Kim Piotrowski, and Barbara Campbell Thomas.
Mintz writes that Piotrowski's works "approach the possibility of narrative, though the artist deftly pulls back just in time" Conefry, Mintz notes, investigates "painting as object, something constructed and assembled," while in Cohen's paintings "organic shapes lean against geometrics to create a push-pull of color and form." Campbell Thomas "combines painting, fabric and collage in balanced, tactile compositions of color, shape and texture.... We see her hand in every form she cut, shaped or applied. The work succeeds as formal abstraction, despite the personal warmth inherent in the second-hand fabrics she uses."